today we first did a quick recap of what you had to know about the text.
Here is the correction I have recorded for you from your comments:
Then we continued speaking about it and we focused on three important aspects:
- The cultural background of the text:
There are 38 states which have the death sentence (in the South East of the USA mainly = Florida, Lousiana, and Texas). 12 or 13 states are without the death penalty.
- The characters:
Sam = He is 70 years old. He doesn't know that Adam is his grandson. He has been on Mississippi's death row for nine years for the murder of two children.
He doesn't care about life anymore, that's why he smokes a lot. He thinks that dying from a lung cancer is better than dying on death row.
There is a 44-year difference between Adam and Sam, i.e. two generations.
Adam = Adam is 26 years old. He is lawyer and has studied at law school in Michigan (state without the capital punishment). Adam may be against the death sentence because of his education. Adam was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in California.
He doesn't have much time to save Sam. His grandfather will be executed in one month.
- The feelings of the characters and the atmosphere in the text:
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Additional vocabulary (from the text or from your comments):
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HW: you need to complete the exercise sheet I gave you + for after the vacation, don't forget to complete your letter assignment. You will also get an oral test about the presentation of the text and its content next time. Unfortunately, this was probably our last class before the holidays since it seems we'll have a teachers' meeting next Thursday from 4:20 pm to 6:30 pm...
Files: you can download a copy of your worksheet here + your vocabulary list here.
Copy of the script for your audio correction:
We learned that there are 38 States in the US which have the death sentence. These states are mainly in the South East of the country. There are 12 or 13 states which don't have the death penalty.
There are many more states which practise the capital punishment than states which don't.
The text deals with Sam and Adam.
Sam is Adam's grandfather but he doesn't know it. He is 70 years old.
He is a convict on death row because he has killed two children. He has been in jail for 9 years and a half. He was sentenced to death in Mississippi in 1981. He is going to die next month.
He smokes a lot in order not to think about life anymore. He prefers dying from a lung cancer than being executed. He is desperate and resigned. He doesn't care about living anymore.
Adam is 26. He was born in 1964 in Memphis, TE. Between Sam and Adam there is a 44 year difference, that is to say 2 generations. Adam grew up in California and then he went to lawschool in Michigan, a death penalty free state. He is a lawyer and he is against the capital punishment.
In the text, Texas, Florida, and Louisiana are mentioned because these three States have the death sentence. They practise lethal injection.